By Gloria Whelan
Peter Liebig cannot watch for summer season. he is uninterested in school rooms, lecturers, and the never-ending lectures concerning the terrible Nazis. The struggle has been over for ten years, and along with, his city of Rolfen, West Germany, has moved on properly. regardless of its bombed-out church, it appears simply as calm and lovely as ever. there's cash to be made on the seashore, and there are entire days to spend with Father at his activity. And, in fact, there is football. lots for a thirteen-year-old boy to appear ahead to. but if Peter stumbles throughout a letter he was once by no means intended to determine, he unravels a troubling mystery. quickly he questions everything—the town's peaceable nature, his mom and dad' tales in regards to the warfare, and his personal experience of belonging.
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I know I have to tell Mother and Father what has happened before they learn from the newspaper that I was fishing in the Wakenitz. They listen to my confession. At first they think I am making up the story, but I’ve brought Hans along to back me up. That is a mistake. “They pointed their rifles at us, Frau Liebig! ” Mother sinks down on a chair, and Father goes pale and forgets to close his mouth. “Shut up, Hans,” I say. ” “But we saved his life,” Hans insists. After Hans leaves, Mother and Father make me promise with my hand on the Bible that I will absolutely never go back to the river.
Soon she is writing about her work with the German Red Cross, helping soldiers. The letters are carefully written and give little information about what she sees. I guess that letters to soldiers were censored by the Nazi government. It takes me an hour to make my way from 1941 to 1944. I find no secrets and am hurrying through the last of the letters when something Mother writes puzzles me. The letter is dated July 30, 1944. My darling, I have taken a great chance. If only you had been here to tell me what to do.
Niehl is practically jumping for joy. Over and over he cries, “You put one over on them! ” While Gustav explores the Niehls’ kitchen, opening the icebox and the cupboards, Mr. Niehl is on the telephone to the town newspaper. In no time its editor, Herr Schultz himself, appears with his big black box camera to take pictures of a grinning 26 Gustav with Hans on one side and me and Kurt on the other. I know I have to tell Mother and Father what has happened before they learn from the newspaper that I was fishing in the Wakenitz.
After the Train by Gloria Whelan